Ether 4: Repent, and Come unto Christ

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 189


You may recall that a portion of the gold plates the Prophet Joseph Smith received was sealed. Have you ever wondered what is contained in that portion of the sacred record? In Ether 4, Moroni gave some explanation regarding the contents of this record. As you read, look for answers to the following questions: Why don’t we have the record of the brother of Jared to study? What must occur before his record will be opened? What will be required of each of us?
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Understanding the Scriptures

Ether 4

Made manifest (vv. 2, 4, 14, 16)Revealed
Dwindled (v. 3)Fallen gradually away
Interpreters (v. 5)Urim and Thummim
Accursed (v. 8)Damned, tormented
Rend (v. 15)Tear open
Commenced (v. 17)Begun

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A and activity B or C as you study Ether 4.

Activity A iconExplain What He Would Say

From what you learn in Ether 4:1–6, write how you think Moroni might answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    Why did you need to hide the record and interpreters?

  2. 2.

    What must happen before the records are revealed?

  3. 3.

    What is something you read on the record?

Activity B iconWrite a Definition

Read Ether 4:11–12 and write a definition of the word good as it is used in those verses.

Activity C iconWrite a Sentence Summary

Using each of the following words from Ether 4:13–19, write two or three sentences that express the main idea of this passage: Gentiles, show, rend, unfolded, commenced, lifted.